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Welcome to the ASCC

The Australian Sailing and Cruising Club is a club for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people and their friends in Sydney and across Australia. We welcome boats and boaters of all types – sail, power, dinghy, windsurf, kite, kayak – if it floats, you’re welcome to join in!

The Club is based in Sydney and organises regular events during the year both on the water and the land – guests and visitors to Sydney are welcome – you don’t have to own a boat to be a member.

Our Social meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, at the Trovata Restuarant (76 Stanley St, East Sydney, 1st floor). All are welcome.

Note also, that is the weather is good on other weekends, there is a decent chance that some member’s will be taking their boats out for an “unofficial” event, usually planned last minute, once forecasts are available.

Upper Middle Harbour weekend

A perfect place to set sail in winter, the peaceful waters of Bantry Bay and Sugarloaf Bay in the Garigal National Park, offer a perfect escape from the city for power boats, yacht and kayaks. The event is an overnighter, as there are limited pickup and dropoff locations in the area. We usually return from Middle Harbour late morning on the Sunday, and have lunch somewhere in the eastern harbour, with the location determined by wind direction.

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Advance planning is essential – for boat owners to get your timing right the limited Spit Bridge openings, and for non-boat owners to organise yourself a berth. For those new to the club, the best way to get started is to introduce yourself to other members at our social meetings.

Introduction to boating

Newer members keen to gain experience and skills are encouraged to join us on Sydney Harbour to learn about some of the basics of boating. Leaving at 9.30am from Pirramma park in Pyrmont, and heading out into the main harbour, you will enjoy a half day on a power boat and a half day on a yacht.We will have an on-shore break for a collective lunch.

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pickup / dropoff at Pirramma Park, Pyrmont

A wide range of basic instruction including how to safely get in and out of a dinghy, or step between two boats, basic terminology, setting an anchor, sailing and trimming for different wind directions, some basic knots (no bondage involved!), you get the idea.

ASCC Membership is still at reduced prices for those who put their name down at Mardi Gras Fair Day, but are yet to join. Please contact Bruce 0410 689 245 or Neil 04 1115 1195 for expression of interest, as places are limited – first in, best dressed.